THQ announces Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Do you remember a while back, when we found a Youtube video of a Space Marine action game? As someone who is particularly fond of Warhammer 40,000 games, I never quite forgot, and have been patiently waiting for THQ to announce it for a long time. Today is finally the day, with Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine revealed for PS3 and Xbox 360.

Developed by Relic, Space Marine is billed as an action RPG where players take control of individual units on a battlefield. It aims to be “the most intimate and brutal Warhammer 40,000 experience to date.” Games based on the classic tabletop franchise typically present themselves as strategy games, like the Dawn of War series. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to get down and dirty in the trenches, which sounded disgusting, but was supposed to be perfectly innocent. Either way, this is hopefully going to be good. 

Hit the jump, where we’ve reposted the early game footage. The game is being shown at E3, so we can see how far its come along since this early video was posted. Looking forward to it!

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.– THQ Inc. today announced Warhammer® 40,000™: Space Marine®, from renowned internal studio Relic® Entertainment, will bring Games Workshop’s (LSE:GAW) Warhammer 40,000 science fiction universe to life on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system for the first time. The Action-RPG title will put players in control of individual units throughout a narrative-driven story campaign and in wide-scale online battles. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will be unveiled at E3 2009 in THQ’s booth – number 5300 in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“The Warhammer 40,000 universe has a huge global following and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will bring that world to life on the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 systems for the first time ever,” said Kevin Kraff, vice president, global brand management, THQ Inc. “Relic Entertainment is leveraging years of experience developing games within the universe to create an Action-RPG experience unlike anything seen before.”

“Space Marine is an Action-RPG built from the ground up for the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 systems, and will allow gamers to take control of individual units and fight in epic battles across the Warhammer 40,000 universe,” said Jonathan Dowdeswell, general manager, Relic Entertainment. “Relic has a deep understanding of the license based on our previous projects with Games Workshop, and our goal is to ensure Space Marine delivers the most intimate and brutal Warhammer 40,000 experience to date.”

About Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine takes place in the brutal, science fiction setting of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe. In the 41st Millennium, humanity faces extinction at the hands of horrific aliens and demonic hordes. Only one force offers salvation, the superhuman Space Marines. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is an intense Action-RPG featuring epic battles where players take direct control of the ultimate defender of humanity, the mighty Space Marine. Space Marine is currently in development at THQ’s internal studio Relic Entertainment for the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 systems. In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war™…


Jim Sterling